Vacations always teach me something especially when I visit back home to California. I moved to the East Coast on a whim in July 2007. It may sound crazy, but I knew that is what God was telling me and there was nothing really holding me back so off to Virginia I went.
At first, moving was really hard for me emotionally. I left behind almost all I had ever known in California to live in a state 2,700 miles away from home. It was a quick decision and there wasn't much time to say goodbye to friends and family. I literally found out on Sunday I would be going to Virginia and left on Wednesday. It was difficult not to receive the closure that I longed for.
At the time my friends and family didn't understand why I moved across the country and why it happened so suddenly. I really didn't know then either, but it was God's plan for me so I followed it and moved. It was hard for me not to be able to say bye and be around everything that had become familiar over the past 23 years that I grew up there.
It was good for me and heartbreaking all at the same time. I loved California and all it had to offer, but being across the country was what I needed to thrive. This realization came when I visited my family last year for my birthday. I remember leaving with closure thinking..."Now I get it. Now I understand why this all happened."
I am learning new things on this trip as well and will have to share those thoughts later. One thing is for certain, I know that although I may live far away from my family, I am exactly where I need to be and I have a wonderful man and his family that is there to love and fully support me. That is all that matters.